Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central Florida
I could be wrong, but I don't think that this is a very good idea. It would be difficult to secure (immobilize) a water bladder to the bike, and I could see some drastic weight shifts while cornering and stopping.
Water is eight pounds per gallon, so a five gallon bladder is forty pounds of fluid, moveable weight that can pretty well go where it wants. If you are determined to try this I would start small and take it easy until you see how it works.
I would recommend a small water filter; I use the Pur Hiker and have been very pleased with it for the years that I've had it. It's small, light, and easy to use. Take a filter, a collapsible bucket to retrieve water from the source (if you can't squat down and filter right at the source), and a bladder to hold the filtered water and you're in business. You probably won't be carrying any more than a pound or two like this.
If you're planning on camping in areas without a water source you might have to get a bit more creative. Check out some hiking and survival sites for info on where to find water, those folks have it down to a science.
Please let us know the results of any experiments you try.
Last edited by Dire Wolf; 05-19-2011 at 08:07 AM.